NCAA volleyball: CSB stays in semis hunt, ends Arellano’s unbeaten streak

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde picked the best day to come alive, toppling erstwhile unbeaten Arellano University, 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, in NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ranya Musa got the job done on defense as five of her team-best 17 points came off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT In the first match, Letran also stayed in the semifinals hunt with a gritty 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12 victory over also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College.Jayme Parin captained the Lady Knights with 18 points, 16 off kills, while Miracle Mendoza pumped two service aces to wound up with 17.Letran rose to 3-4, while the Lady Generals fell to 1-6.Laidesheen Magbanua and Jaylene Lumbo both finished with 17 points in the defeat for EAC.ADVERTISEMENT Unseeded Filipina Alex Eala rules tennis tilt in France Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rachel Austero added 15 markers, while Klarisa Abriam and Marites Pablo combined for 26 points in the upset.The win kept the Lady Blazers alive in the Final Four race as they improved to 4-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJovie Prado held the fort for the Lady Chiefs with 14 points.It was Arellano’s first defeat of the season to drop to 7-1, and its first in 20 games overall dating back to last season. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Pelicans extend Okafor through the end of the season

first_imgMOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, gets a slam dunk over New Orleans Pelicans center Emeka Okafor, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have signed center Emeka Okafor through the rest of the season.Terms of the contract, announced by the club before Monday’s night’s game against Phoenix, have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-10 Okafor had been out of the NBA since 2013 because of a herniated disk in his neck before making a comeback this year. The Pelicans brought the 35-year-old back to the NBA on Feb. 3, signing him out of the G League on a 10-day contract. Okafor was signed to a second 10-day deal before his current extension through the end of the season.The former UConn star has played in six games for New Orleans, starting four, and is averaging 3.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two blocks in 16.2 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

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Venus hopes to one day experience motherhood

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injury LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Serena, 36, will need to get through her first round match against 53rd ranked Zarina Diyas and the 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens.The eighth-seeded Venus has a bye through the first round and will face either qualifier Monica Niculescu or Sorana Cirstea in the second round.Venus and Serena are more accustomed to meeting in the finals of tournaments. If Venus had any idea she and Serena could meet so early in the Indian Wells draw, she wasn’t letting on.“I haven’t analyzed it at all,” Venus said of the field. “If I keep playing hopefully I can win.”Venus reached the Wimbledon final last year where she lost to champion Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “She does everything for the baby. Other than that she stays the same.“If it happens then I have a good example to follow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis week marks the return of Serena to the WTA Tour a little under 190 days since the birth of baby Alexis.Both sisters are competing in the WTA Indian Wells tournament and they landed in the same portion of the draw meaning they could face each other in the third round. MOST READ She also made the final of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Rome and at this tournament.Venus grew up just a couple hour’s drive away in the south central Los Angeles suburb of Compton.“This tournament means a lot to me,” she said of Indian Wells. “I don’t get to play a lot in the States anymore.“I am a California and a Florida girl.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Venus Williams of the United States approaches the net after losing to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the first round of the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. The Tie Break Tens’ New York event is a one-day day exhibition tournament featuring eight female players competing for a $250,000 winner’s prize. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Venus Williams says she hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and experience motherhood.“I hope I can do that if I ever get there,” said the 37-year-old Venus on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Indians finally looking like defending AL champs

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez, left, Francisco Lindor, center, and Erik Gonzalez celebrate a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. APCLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending American League champions.Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Bauer worked out of a jam in the seventh that began with runners on second and third and no out. The right-hander realized he had one of two options.“I either give up runs and we probably lose or I find a way to get out of it,” he said. “Thankfully, it worked out.”The Angels were swept for the first time since April 14-16 at Kansas City.“We’re not going to look back at the series,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Those guys, that’s a good team over there, and we cracked open the door for them a couple of times.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manager Terry Francona knows the streak has come at a critical point for his team, which stumbled out of the All-Star break with a 1-5 road trip.“We needed it, but needing it and doing it are two different things,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re trying to play the game the right way, that’s what we did,” said Francisco Lindor, who singled to break a tie in the seventh. “It helps a lot. You win a couple of games in a row and it definitely builds up your confidence.”Trevor Bauer (9-8) pitched a season-high eight innings, striking out six and allowing seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 18th save while JC Ramirez (9-9) took the loss. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lamar Odom opens up about drug-fueled brush with death Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Ajay gets grungy look for Golmaal 3

first_imgAjay Devgn has gone for a complete makeover in Golmaal 3, which will see the actor sporting tattoos and a diamond ear studs.Devgn’s new looks has been conceptualised by none other than director Rohit Shetty, who wanted to bring out an edgy and rugged look of the 43-year-old actor.Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd produced comic caper is currently been shot in Goa and will see Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi making a comeback.Shetty has also styled the look of other cast members of the movie. Kareena has a tomboy look while Tusshar is in tapori.”I wanted all the characters to have different looks in G3. For Ajay (who plays Gopal again), I wanted a character that looked different from everything he has done. He has been working hard on his body a lot, so we will have him flaunting his body. He plays a hyper character who loses his temper very quickly, because of which everyone is scared of him. People never know what he will laugh about or get angry about,” Shetty said.Ajay’s tattoos have been designed by Aalim’s studio.”The tattoo is of a Celtic or tribal trishul. It’s a daring to have a tattoo on the neck, even if it’s temporary. No actor in India has done it on the neck. We have given Ajay the buzz cut, a stubble ans overall, a more macho, masculine and grungy look than he normally sports,” Aalim said.last_img read more

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CWG probe: Kalmadi’s lockers searched; aides sent to jail

first_imgSpeculations is rife that CBI sleuths may arrest the former Games OC after the arrest of his two key aides – former OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and director-general V.K. Verma.Two bank lockers in Pune belonging to Suresh Kalmadi, former chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, was searched on Tuesday by the CBI in connection with the alleged irregularities during the organising of the mega sporting event in Delhi.The lockers at ICICI and Saraswat banks in the city were sealed by the agency in December following CBI searches at Kalmadi’s residential and official premises, sources said.Kalmadi’s farm house at Khadakwasla near Pune and the Sai Service petrol station he owns in Pune were among his properties searched. The premises of his personal secretary Manoj Bhure in Pune were also searched by the CBI. The December searches were in connection to the award of video installation work for the Queen’s Baton Relay to a London-based private firm allegedly at inflated rates.Several of Kalmadi’s top aides including former secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and V. K. Verma, director general of the committee, were arrested during the last few months.Bhanot and Verma were produced before a Delhi court on Tuesday following the expiry of their five- day police custody to which they were remanded on February 24.The CBI did not seek further police custody and they were sent to a 14-day judicial custody by the court on Tuesday for striking a “suspect” Rs 107-crore deal with a Swiss firm to provide various logistic support for the Games.advertisementSpecial judge Talwant Singh remanded the duo in judicial custody on the CBI plea that the investigation into the case was still going on.Bhanot and Verma were arrested on February 23 by the CBI and were remanded in CBI custody for five days on February 24 for interrogation of their role in the scam.The duo were among the functionaries and key personnel in the organising committee and were deeply involved and instrumental in allotting the contract for timing, scoring and result (TSR) system to Swiss Timing in a preplanned and pre- mediated manner at an exorbitant rate, the CBI had told the court after their arrest.Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit, meanwhile, launched an attack on Kalmadi, four days after the sacked OC chief demanded bringing Dikshit and two Union ministers into the ambit of the CBI probe into the alleged bunglings.”All those who were involved in organising the Games must be summoned. Why just go after the Organising Committee,” Kalmadi had said when asked if he wanted Dikshit as well as former sports minister M. S. Gill and urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy to be summoned by the CBI. Attacking Dikshit for her statements against the Organising Committee, Kalmadi said, “She said even before the investigations started that all scams are in OC. Does that mean she predetermined all this?”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Hotsheet

first_imgTrunk callThe House of Martell, one of the world’s oldest cognac labels, has tied up with luxury French malletier Pinel & Pinel to create a case that epitomises the spirit of the brand; quite literally. Recognised for having updated the language of trunkmakers with creativity and meticulous attention to detail,,Trunk callThe House of Martell, one of the world’s oldest cognac labels, has tied up with luxury French malletier Pinel & Pinel to create a case that epitomises the spirit of the brand; quite literally. Recognised for having updated the language of trunkmakers with creativity and meticulous attention to detail, Pinel & Pinel have created a setting where cognac is the star. True to the love of fine craftsmanship while adopting the innovations of the day, they have designed a mobile trunk-case which is the largest ever produced: the stunning sapphire blue case is 2.06 meters high, 2.20 meters wide and 0.70 meters deep,. A team of 10 craftsmen took a thousand man hours to build this trunk, using exceptionally fine materials like full-grain leather, copper, silver plate, oak, crystal and linen. Crafted for true connoisseurs, the trunk, with leather lined compartments and drawers, can hold 28 cognac blends, has a separate niche for crystal glasses and decanters, and comes with scented candles and a cigar humidor. An additional note comes in the form of a small blue leather-bound booklet-The Cellar Master’s Notebook – which contains all the handwritten tasting notes of Martell’s Cellar Master, Benoit Fil. Truly a collector’s item.Accessories: A bag of boysFashions fade, only style remains, said Coco Chanel. Chanel often borrowed her style from the ‘boys’, creating timeless, classic pieces. She is known to have empowered women with their first pant-suit. Her androgynous style and spirit still inspires global designers. Chanel’s creative director, Lagerfeld’s, newest handbag collection, labelled ‘Boy’, is a fitting tribute to Coco Chanel’s legacy. The new ‘Boy’ collection of handbags bear the brand’s logo-stamped into the bottom of the bag. Available in shades of red, grey, and ivory glazed calfskin. Price: $2500 (Rs 1,12 lakh) onwards.advertisementHeadgear: Stallion studdedWhat do Paul Smith, Tag Heuer and Lagerfeld have in common? They all share a passion for mean machines and have, at some point or the other, designed stylish helmets. The latest entrant in the designer helmet space is the prancing horse with a sleek Ferrari helmet by NewMax. It is finished in a high gloss cover lined with satin-finished aluminium and leather trim embossed with the Ferrari logo. Price: Euro 249 (Rs 16,069). Available online at the Ferrari store.Spirit: Jean in a piper bottleFrench Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck has once again collaborated with fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier to create a new design for its Champagne Cuvee Brut bottle. Unveiled at Cannes, the sexy bottle, inspired by the can-can, is all fishnet and latex.Accessories: Power onThe worst thing to deal with on a busy work day is a dead battery on your mobile. Taking a cue, British label, Alfred Dunhill, has launched a solar charger in its S/S 2011 collection. The device’s push button ‘Power Halo’ indicates the power levels of the lithium-ion battery, which can store up to 1800 GHz from either high powered solar panels or a USB connection. This delivers 70 hours of phone standby time or 5000 page turns of an e-book.Luggage: Ducati’s new wheelsTumi, a name synonymous with assorted, high-end travel bags, has partnered with Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati to create performance-driven travel and lifestyle accessories. The distinctive and striking lightweight bags promise to save you from the hassle of recognising your luggage on the conveyor belt. The collection, which will be available in stores across the world starting October 2011, will comprise three sporty red travel cases, two duffels, and one backpack and crossbody bag.Fashion: Crystal walkSparkle meets sneaker as Italian sports brand Fila marks its 100th anniversary. For the occasion, the glittering celebrations will be marked with people flaunting the limited edition pair of FILA FX2. The shoe, mounted with the FILA logo and studded with a thousand dazzling crystals, is designed in collaboration with Swarovski. Only 100 shoes worldwide are available in black and white.CalendarDates that mean something.Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be racing at Santander to win the heart of British fans. The new iconic international pit and paddock facility will host the 2011 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix from July 8-10.The 44th Sydney international boat show will be held at the Sydney convention and exhibition centre & an outdoor custom made Marina in Cockle Bay. Over 300 vessels will be on display. July 28-August 1.This spring it’s Paris calling for Anish Kapoor. After Kapoor’s sculpture, leviathan, filled the space beneath the glass roof of the grand palais, watch out for his first solo show, ‘Almostnothing’ at Kamelmennour gallery. July 1-23.TalkNostalgia is in air. Drive down memory lane.advertisementIn reverse gearAsk any automobile enthusiast about BMW 328, and chances are they will only remember it as the vehicle which holds the highest average speed on the famed Mille Miglia circuit? The average speed of the car was set way back in 1940 at 03 miles per hour. This year marks the 328’s 75th anniversary, so BMW designed a concept car to pay tribute to one of its own iconic vehicles. Dubbed the BMW 328 Hommage, this ultra-lightweight sports car weighs in at a svelte 1,720 pounds. The original 328 was one of the earliest BMW vehicles to show off the now familiar kidney grilles and you see the similar grills off the face of the 328 Hommage. It seems the 328 has aged very gracefully and does remain one of the all time greats.Soles soldLabelux, the European private luxury group, has acquired Jimmy Choo for over Euro 500m (Rs 36.71 crore) from TowerBrook Capital. The brand, known for its handmade women’s shoes, was founded in 1996 by Malaysian fashion designer and shoemaker Jimmy Choo along with British Vogue magazine accessories editor Tamara Mellon. This is the fourth time Jimmy Choo, whose shoes cost up to Euro 1,000 (Rs 73,004) a pair, has been sold in 15 years.Docking at HarrodsHarrods has teamed up with London brokers Watkins Superyachts to offer their most expensive product ever: a Euro 100-plus million (Rs 73.45 crore) motor yacht. The month of May saw three remarkable window displays featuring models of a exclusive range of yachts at Harrods. Time for some window shopping, what say?A piece of BeckhamAfter Victoria Beckham’s brush with fashion, it’s now the turn of hubby David Beckham who is gearing up to launch a line bearing his stamp. Beckham’s female fans have raised the decibel ever since this news became public. In order to avoid any kind of competition at home, Beckham is designing a bodywear collection and fragrances for men, under the David Beckham label later this year. Beckham’s bodywear line will be launched in collaboration with Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol. The star has earlier endorsed and modelled innerwear for fashion label Armani. Armani’s profits skyrocketed while Beckham was spokes model for the brand.Turkish retreatAmanresorts will launch its 24th property, Amanruya (aman is the Sanskrit word for peace and ruya, the Turkish word for dream) in a quiet valley on the Bodrum Peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea in August this year. The picturesque Aegean region of Turkey tells a story spanning 5,000 years of Greek and Roman history. The resort will offer 36 luxurious pool top cottages overlooking turquoise waters and olive gardens.The spice cellar: The spirit of SpainThe persistent memory of ‘character’ is the distinctive quality of a great wine. When after drinking a wine, and days, weeks or months pass and you still remember the aromas and taste of each glass, you can be sure that it can’t get any better than this. All the corners of the world keep wines of this sort; unforgettable wines of ‘character’, as persistent as a kiss that makes you blush. A wine of character obliges you to remember every detail that you can associate with the moment you drank it: how you heard of the wine, where you saw it for the first time, who recommended it to you? We relive our personal history with the wine and give meaning to each detail.The first time I saw a bottle of Emilio Rojo, I was walking with my father through the streets of Compostela’s ‘cidade nova’. We stopped at a wine store that I already knew, before carrying on to our final destination. Along the way, we went down a street with no other attractions than a hidden little grocery store. This store turned out to be full of treasures, as it kept the most thorough collection of Galician wine I’ve ever seen. It was run by a well aged little lady. We asked, in her opinion, which was the best white wine of Galicia. In answer, she pointed to two wines, one of them being Emilio Rojo; the other deserves an account of its own.Recently, after much persuading I’ve managed to get two bottles of the Emilio Rojo 2009 vintage. It is the ultimate artisan white, a wine that represents the very soul of the Ribeiro region. Emilio Rojo, its creator, despite not being originally from Galicia, has managed better than anyone to interpret the Galician varietals and terroir. He mixes treixadura, lado, loureiro and albarino grapes in varying amounts, depending of the quality of each vintage, and makes his wine with the utmost care, sparing no expense. From low yields, controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks, French oak from Limousine, Allier and Nevers used with discretion…it’s all part of his special process of creating this wine.To the nose, it is an extremely aromatic wine, reminiscent both of flowers and fruits; fresh on the palate but acidic, with delicate flavours of oak, and dominant mineral notes. The Emilio Rojo has so much character that it can be enjoyed all by itself; each glass being pure contemplation. If you do however, prefer to accompany it with food, I recommend any sort of oily fish. When we drank the 2009 vintage we had a white tuna with light Bearnaise sauce and caviar. No matter where I go and what I drink, this wine occupies a central, prized place in my memory as one of the best.-Ramon BarreiroThe writer is an international wine correspondent.advertisementlast_img read more

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Olympics 2012: Krishna Poonia gears up, practices hard in US

first_imgPoonia trains for the 2012 Olympics at Portland, Oregon, in the US.Krishna Poonia is charged up. The discus thrower is excited because she won the gold at the Portland meet in the US on August 14 and disappointed because she finished fourth at the Asian Championship in Japan in July.”My,Poonia trains for the 2012 Olympics at Portland, Oregon, in the US.Krishna Poonia is charged up. The discus thrower is excited because she won the gold at the Portland meet in the US on August 14 and disappointed because she finished fourth at the Asian Championship in Japan in July.”My personal best is 61.5 metres and it needs to improve. My coach is helping me reach the 62 metre-plus mark. I am expecting even longer throws as I peak early next year. I know what it means to make it big at London,” the 29-year-old Commonwealth Games champion told india today in an email from Portland, Oregon, where she is training for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.Poonia, coached by 1976 Montreal Olympics champion Mac Wilkins and assisted by her trainer husband Virender, will be in Portland till November before returning home. Every day, she trains for seven hours, competing with discus throwers from local colleges. Virender, 32, who monitors his wife’s 6 a.m.-11 a.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m. schedule, is confident she will do well in London. The schedule that Wilkins has drawn up for Poonia gives her time to meet local Indians, far removed from that of Chinese athletes, who train in isolation. “We talk every week to our 10-year-old son Lakshya in Jaipur who lives with my parents,” says Virender, adding: “he was delighted to hear about Krishna’s gold medal.”Poonia, who won the gold at Portland with a season best of 58.88 metres, knows that’s nowhere near enough for London. Li Yanfeng got China’s first world discus title on August 28 with a throw of 66.52 metres at Daegu, South Korea.advertisementPoonia feels the London Olympics will be the toughest test for her. “And I know if I lose, it will be a loss of face.” Overcoming a niggling knee injury that hampered her training in April 2011, she is now confident of achieving the qualifying mark (62 metres). “When I started, I was doing 59 metres, but my troubled knee affected my throw. But with the pain gone, I am confident,” she says.Poonia says that it is rare for a discus thrower to get it right in the very first attempt. “Hopefully, any scare I suffer will be during the qualifiers and it will be smooth sailing after that to the podium. I will have to bring more timing and speed,” she says. The sooner she does that, the better her chances in London.last_img read more

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London Olympics: India lose 1-3 to New Zealand in hockey

first_imgThe Indian hockey team turned in an insipid performance in front of a huge crowd at the Riverbank Arena and lost 1-3 to New Zealand in Pool B.Having staged a good fight against former Olympic champions Holland on Monday, one did expect that the Indian team would play well on Wednesday.A goal up in early minutes through Sandeep Singh turned out to be very misleading. After that against the Kiwis, dressed in smart black, they could do little in either half.To be sure, it was a disappointed Sardar Singh who played a huge role though none of the other forwards showed any cohesion.On a pleasant afternoon when the floodlights were turned on because of a heavy cloud cover, the Kiwis were razor sharp on the field.Having beaten the Indians 5-1 in the Azlan Shah tournament, they knew what to do.Sandeep Singh’s second minute penalty corner conversion kept India ahead for 10 minutes before the Kiwis hit back through Andrew Hayward (12th minute).Shortly later, thanks to a defensive lapse, the Kiwis earned a penalty stroke and it was converted by Phillip Burrows. Nicholas Wilson rounded off the tally, and all goals were scored in the first half.There was desperation in the Indian camp as goalkeeper Bharat Chetri was replaced by Sreejesh in the second half. No goals were conceded but from the Indian point of view there was no attempt to score as well.The sheer physical superiority of the Kiwis did play a big role as well. On some occasions, when SV Sunil was charging with the ball, the rival players just baulked him because of their body strength.advertisementSardar Singh could not hide his disappointment as he spoke to the media in the mixed zone. “The forwards were simply unable to do anything. This has been our weakness for long and against a strong team we did get exposed,” he said.Coach Michael Nobbs was composed, as if he had expected this. “I had been telling you, the first three matches in our pool are huge. Each team at the Olympics is good and the sheer physical toughness of the Kiwis makes them hard competitors,” said Nobbs.”We were at the receiving end from the Kiwis in the Azlan Shah and today the margin was lesser,”added Nobbs.In his view, all is not over as yet. “There is still a lot of hockey to be played in this tournament. I had been saying how being physically strong is so important. The Indians need to get stronger and stronger,” said Nobbs.Nobbs did not mince words when he spoke of the frontline lacking punch. “I don’t think this is the kind of performance you put in against a top team,” said Nobbs.last_img read more

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